Emirates, today suffered the worst incident in its 30-year history when a Boeing 777-300 arriving from India crash-landed in Dubai before bursting into flames, with all passengers and crew managing to escape unharmed. One firefighter died.
Everyone on Flight 521 from Thiruvananthapuram in southern India was evacuated safely, Dubai International Airport said in a statement. Television footage and newswire photos showed the aircraft slid to halt on its belly, with one of its huge Rolls-Royce engines detached, before quickly being engulfed in smoke and fire gutting the length of the fuselage.
Emirates said via Twitter that 282 passengers and 18 crew members were on board.